Leyburns are the third pair of socks in the Super Special Six Personal Sock Club 2011. Though I’m starting to rename this as the ‘Super Special Six Giveaway Sock Club 2011′. I had no hesitation committing the randomly chosen yarn of Colinette Jitterbug to this pattern. I think its one of the few that really lends to multicoloured yarn. So much so, I may end up knitting a pair for myself in a Rasperry version of Jitterbug sitting in my stash and just begging to be knit.
I’ve heard a few grumbles about this pattern, though there were none from me. Once I’d made a few modifications that is. These are knit toe up using Judy’s Magic Cast On. If you don’t know about this cast on, seriously, you’re missing an opportunity to embrace sock knitting with a smile. It’s just so good. There are no final 8-12 toe stitches to Kitchener stitch together and the finish is lovely and smooth. When I arrived at the heel I did change this to a Gusset and Slip Stitch version, referring to a well used book – “Socks from the Toe Up” by Wendy Johnson. Also a good investment.
I continued on as per the quilt stitch pattern on the top of the foot/instep, though decreased the stitch count on the back part of the leg by 1 to 24 so I could add 2×2 rib. My MIL has smaller feet and ankles than I do and I wanted to ensure they’d stay up on her leg. Not knowing just how stretchy the pattern would result, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with 2×2 rib.
I hope she likes them and wears them.